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percent of people without power. we can't have a situation where... >> both the president and mitt romney are having to make difficult decisions in the days ahead amidst criticism he is cutting fema mr. romney refocused campaign events to serve as relief drive. >> part of the american spirit the american way to give to people who are in need. your generosity this morning touches my heart. i appreciate what you have done. >> now the impact that any of this is going to have, this election it's tough to say. look for a moment at the mass of power outages. look how many potential swing states are affected here. new hampshire, pennsylvania, north carolina, michigan, and of course ohio. >> ohio is the big one. >> 20 minutes before the hour. these planes will not be going anywhere any time soon. at least 18,000 flights canceled as three of the nation's busiest airports shut down for sandy. that is laguardia airport in new york. it looks like a beach doesn't it? >> used to be a runway. >> a crane hanging by a thread 65 stories above a busy new york street. coming up a crane expert says it could h
voters go to the polls. >> we have seen some of the effect. both governor romney and president obama have canceled events in virginia. one big impact right now. also, it's going to effect their effort to get out the vote. didn't have much effect on early voting in florida yesterday. it could complicate it in virginia and ohio. two other key states that will impacted. then finally, is this storm as bad as it seems to be right now, it could block out the closing arguments of these candidates. in the last nine days. >> in some ways this is the real october surprise. i wonder, if you're the president how do you manage campaigning, because his job is truly on the line here with governing and imagine perhaps a large disaster. >> you show that you're in touch. the president was already talking to the federal emergency management agency. he's returning to the white house tomorrow afternoon, as i said, cancelling some events. the biggest problem for the president right now, if he makes any mishandling of this storm could affect the final days of this race. more than any other factor. >> in nonweat
to the polls. how do any affect this? >> we've seen both governor romney and president obama have to cancel events, obama in virginia, and adjust their schedules. president obama canceling an event in colorado. that's one big impact right now and also it will affect their efforts to get out the vote and early voting didn't seem to have much effect on the early voting in florida yesterday but could complicate efforts to get out the vote in virginia and ohio, two other key states that will be impacted by the storm and finally if this storm is as bad as it seems to be right now, it could block out the closing arguments of these candidates in the last nine days. >> in some ways this is the real october surprise. i wonder if you're the president, how do you manage campaigning because the job is truly on the line with governing and managing perhaps a large disaster response. >> you show you're in touch. that's why the president put out photos of him talking to the director of the federal emergency management agency and he also is returning to the white house tomorrow afternoon, as i said, cancel
heard again from the campaigns, jim mess siena and david axelrod, e-mails from the romney campaign, both sides accusing each other of bluffing by -- >> on the state of the race. >> on the state of the race, the ground game, who has the best get out the vote. $2 million by restore our future the super pac for romney into pennsylvania. this is more than -- this is more than a bluff. this sounds real, $2 million is real money. >> here's what's going on here, andrea, i think we have very real evidence of this. is in the nine battleground states, the ability of either candidate to move the numbers has been nearly impossible when either one of them has had some momentum, it's maybe moved their number a point or two, but -- and moved the other guy's number down a point or two but not much. we are seeing almost all of the battlegrounds at some form of a standstill, maybe moving half a point here, half a point there. where you see evidence of romney's uptick in the national polls playing out in the states or in the nonbattleground states, the ones that have been left off, pennsylvania is a classi
is important for both camps. new polls show romney closed the gap with the candidates nearly tied in a new quinnipiac poll. in the final push, the focus is entirely on the swing states and the campaign's final round of ads. vice president o biden -- presidential joe biden is in florida and paul ryan in wisconsin. the president will visit nevada, wisconsin, and colorado thursday. while the rest of the week is in flux for both campaigns, romney's scheduled to hold the final rally monday night in new hampshire. in washington, shannon breem, fox news. >>> early voters in d.c. and maryland wait in long lines to make the voices heard ahead of election day. >> and sandy could have a major impact as people try to get to the polls next tuesday. we'll tell you about the mad scramble to minimize delays. >> and it could play a pivotal role in deciding the next president. find out if the final jobs report before election day will be released on time. stay close. anncr: which do you believe? whwhat mitt romney's tv ads say about women? or what mitt romney himself says? mitt romney: do i believe the supr
on this campaign already. president obama and governor romney have both canceled more than a dozen events in key swing states over the next several days. maryland and the nation's capital heavily democratic areas canceled early voting for today. a decision on tomorrow will be made depending on how bad this storm gets. some virginia counties have suspended in-person absentee voting, and the labor department announced the final jobs report before the election could be delayed. the october numbers are scheduled to come out friday. the bigger picture here, in a race this close we know turnout is key for both candidates. if folks don't have power and worried about their home, some worry getting to the pols won't be a top priority. who stands to gain the most from this tough situation? let's go to the table, and look, i've seen a bunch of stuff out today, the political science research which i'm very skeptical of. i would say for an incumbent president you have to do something. there's a lot of risk. there's a lot of potential for making a mistake. on a more simplistic level, i don't think if you're a
. no motorcades there, folks. that means both romney, who is in ohio and iowa today, and the president will probably end up spending more of their time in the midwest than they had planned with possible stops in colorado and florida. second, barring problems with federal disaster response, the president is likely to have a messaging advantage, if you will, as he gets to run are the government. he does run the government. he is the president. he simply has to do his job. by comparison in the next four days, hurricane sandy will replace mitt romney, does he have momentum or not story as the lead of nearly every swing state newspaper and newscast. the lead story will not be something that goes along like today, romney took his message of change to fill in the blank. and finally, the storm could put a premium on mechanics. and while the romney campaign is certainly a lot better than john mccain's 2008 operation, the more this race focuses on mechanics, the better it is probably for the obama campaign. asked whether the storm could affect early voting, the president said that remains to be
has done to the campaign. both president obama and mitt romney altering their campaign schedules, of course. but there are two different positions. how does this play out? >> great coverage this morning. and i have to pause and say it's sobering to see the pictures, to think about all the people with kids who can't get to a shift they may need. and it's hard to talk clinically about the politics, but go ahead and put on the stethoscope here. and point out that the campaigns are not suspended, the campaigns have been going on, they're just having to be very ginger about how they navigate it. at the same time president obama yesterday was sending out an appeal to his campaign list for red cross donations, his campaign aides were on a conference call talking about how they're about to go up in ohio with an ad hammering romney. they also announce there as you were talking about they're going up in pennsylvania. the president has that automatic stage. we saw him acting there as commander in chief. mitt romney has to avoid looking like he's going for photo ops. looking like he's doing
. you were to be out campaigning on behalf of the romney ryan ticket. both the presidential contenders have agreed to cancel events in virginia so you can move forward with storm plans. i want to look at polls at how tight it is in the commonwealth. our latest poll has the romney ryan ticket up by two points. there is a new poll out from the washington post which gives the president a four-point advantage in virginia. ultimately boil it down to the average it is a tee right now, 47.8% for each ticket. how does the romney camp close strong and bring home the commonwealth for republicans? >> i do appreciate governor roesterday and checking on the weather situation and agreeing to cancel three events today. the president tomorrow as well. i think it is probably a dead heat but momentum clearly moving towards governor romney and it is because the issues really matter to virginia voters are in romney's favor. the jobs picture. governor romney has a plan. the president presided over 43 months of 8% unemployment. the crushing debt that is going to get worse under the president. governor romne
will come back. and then on thursday, both romney and obama will regain, you know, they will start to campaign again. looking forward, i don't see sandy as a factor. >> no, i don't. it might have marginal effects. it does show the president is presidential. people expect that in a national emergency. that's not really stuff. you might say that if you look at where the storm is spread. it's now in ohio and virginia. these are places where the obama campaign had counted on early voting and they made a big effort on that. the president himself cashed the ballot early first time in u.s. history way to encourage others. democrats thought that might be advantageous for them. more republicans than democrats who voted early. again i think that's probably a watch -- wash. one thing it might effect things as we resume the campaign. tomorrow is going to be a half and half day by the end of the week we will be back to campaigning. when you have this emergency and you have this tragedy and latest effects of the tragedy are going to go right through election day. not a one day deal. there is imp
not be surprised if we have a number of changes on the horizon as both president obama and mitt romney monitor this storm and its effects. alex? >> well, the president, he was doing some interviews yesterday. he did a lot of them. and it's going from local market to local market that way. what's he saying? >> reporter: well, alex, a number of things that we've sort of gleaned from these interviews that he did. he is reaching out to young voters, to women voters, to independents. one of his key messages, though, is for folks to get out and vote early. this is what he said to our colorado affiliate yesterday. take a listen. >> i've fought for middle class families in colorado and all across the country. that's the kind of president i think you want. and i'm looking forward to having the privilege to serving another four years. a lot of it's going to depend on colorado, so i hope everybody takes advantage of early vote in colorado. you guys are always ahead of the curve when it comes to voting. >> reporter: alex, of course colorado is a key battle ground state. but that is a key part of the obama
the presidential campaigns. both vice president joe biden and governor romney have canceled events scheduled in virginia beach. >>> we have live coverage across the east coast for you. the weather channel's julie martin is live in north carolina. nbc's al roker and the weather channel stephanie abrams are in delaware. we begin with nbc meteorologist dylan dryer. dylan, we had this new advisory released just about an hour ago. what's the news in it? >> the news is there haven't been too many changes. it is still a hurricane one category at this time. but we are just noticing the track budges ever so slightly with the newer updates. now instead of a direct hit right near atlantic city, new jersey, instead now it is down into delaware. look at the watches and warnings all across the eastern seaboard. obviously most out over the water but included in that northeastern south carolina, the east coast of north carolina, and eventually those will be extended up into virginia and new jersey as well. so winds are at 75 miles per hour, but notice the path of the storm still moving north-northeast at no
surprise. well, the storm causing both the president and mitt romney cancel several campaign visits. the president was supposed to rally with former president bill clinton in florida. that's not happening. president obama, he arrived back in d.c. got off air force one. you can see the pictures there. quickly got into the motorcade. normally he is flown in a rain chopper from the joint andrews base in maryland, but weather forcing a road trip back to the white house. that often happens when the weather is pretty bad. they don't want to take any security risks or chance there's. the president scheduled to make remarks about hurricane sandy. that is happening at about 20 minutes or so, 12:45 eastern to be exact, so keep it right here because we're obviously going to dip into that. going to carry his speech live, the briefing. he will talk, obviously, about what the white house and the administration is doing, the number of phone calls, conference calls that he has been making throughout the morning and throughout the weekend preparing for hurricane sandy. of course, in the midst of all
a lot about storm coverage but one week away from the election both president obama and mitt romney off the campaign trail. the president stayed at the white house in order to cover the impact. the romney campaign had events through today. out of sensitivity to those in harm's way. rom nae plans to hold a storm relief event later today in ohio. >> the most anticipated economic report left before the election might be delayed because of hurricane sandy. the monthly unemployment report scheduled to be released as you know on friday. he shut down public offices in washington. the bureau of labor statistics is assessing the situation but hopes to release it on time. some were skeptical of last month's report which was the first time in 43 months the unemployment rate was under 8 percent. >>> 14 minutes after the hour. it wasn't just affected by the monster storm causing travel troubles for the folks we have slight delays they are massive. >> super storm sandy wreaking havoc. flooding of course a major issue. kelly wright is live with more for for us. kelly, good morning. >> we have been out
than the president and much of that money is being spent in ohio. both romney and president obama are hitting the buckeye state hard. >> i've got a plan that will actually create jobs, a plan that will actually create middle class security. >> this ohio rally the last stop on a 48 hour battleground blitz. a new fox news poll of the swing state of virginia shows the obama/biden team down two points. the democratic ticket won virginia in 2008, the first democratic ticket to do so since 1964. there he is, mark plotkin with us again tonight. the president behind a couple points in virginia. what do you make of that? >> well, virginia is basically a republican state and they've had a good series of victories. governor bob mcdonnell won in 2009. they won the lieutenant governorship, the attorney generalship, became even in the state and have overriding majorities in the statehouse and if is basically a republican state and the -- it is basically a republican state and the president is counting on the changing demographics in virginia and as you said, it was 40 years before they actually
previously told you sandy also suspended the campaigns of both mitt romney and president obama. how could this actually change the election? let's ask our personal finance expert vera gibbons who has been taking a look at this. market closed again today hopefully reopen tomorrow. let's talk about the impact on the presidential election. >> we have all of these canceled events. about 30 events canceled sings saturday we are resaying their schedules now. any kind of disruptions this late in the game as close as this one is significant. you have to put safety heyed of politics but never the less a lot of bumps in the road. >> if they gant get out. >> the point is to activate voters energize them and get to the polls. >> then there's the issue if power disruptions continue could not be open next. >> there could be voting disruptions. if we have the power outages they last a significant amount of time you have ballot issues accounting issues, you have delays all sorts of things to contend with. general chaos. beyond that you have the basic di disruptions here fallen trees, branchs, power lines
, the superstorm is threatening to alter campaign plans for both president obama and mitt romney, as they come down the final stretch. romney and vice president biden have canceled weekend rallies in virginia. >>> and the businessman who sued facebook founder mark zuckerberg, for half of the company. he's been arrested on fraud charges. authorities say he fabricated and destroyed evidence to support his claims. >>> and the seven-time tour de france winner, lance armstrong, will not be awarded the award -- it was stripped from him. it will not be awarded to any other riders. the governing body will remain blank for all of the years that armstrong had one. the committee also said that armstrong should return his prize money. >>> finally, an unexpected guest at a wendy's in kentucky. a deer came crashing through the door, shattering the glass. the deer ran around the restaurant before leaving through a window. there were no other customers inside at the time. >>> it's time, now, for the weather and back to ginger zee. ginger? >> even though the eastern third of the nation is consumed with tropical sto
making a to the red cross. >> a complete halt, both teams is spending campaign events. mitt romney bus used to deliver food and walter. they're encouraging people to take in those yard signs so they e dangerousm projectiles. of it all is pivotal, .ust eight days left many wonder what election will if there are widespread power outages. >> their plan for extended hours for absentee voting. >> it would mean -- voters might as a blessing, the loss of campaign commercials and phone calls. >> the u.s. labor department is hopeful it can release the october jobs report friday. unemployment is at 7.8%. that is always important. the board of elections is the offices to be whommodating to anyone early because about getting to next tuesday. maryland counseled early voting today. -- cancelled early voting today. are not on, you can wjla.com.andy news on make sure you have far app on your smart phones or ipad. bill looksheck like there is not much action the route -- it looks like there's not much action happening on the roads. >> you are some problems because high wind and rain. debris all over th
both carriker in much about the military and our troops. i want to make clear to you that mitt romney will do everything, and provide everything that is needed to the united states armed forces to make sure they have everything they need when deployed overseas. host: on twitter, they want to respond to one of our callers. they did say it was an act of terror. mitt romney's precise comment in a recent debate was false. obama did describe the events as an act of terror twice. some officials of the obama administration suggested that the united states had no indication that it was a planned assault. did you have any response to that? guest: i would point out that, several times the obama situation pointed to it being a protest that got out of hand. i do believe that the white house was not straight forward with the american people from the beginning. host: florida, on our independent line. caller: question to the chair person -- and why did the candidates go into the michigan or ohio area and to make a statement about relocating to china? and never retracted the statement or put out anyt
election. mother nature shaking up plans for both locations with polls showing a close race every minute and every day count. >> with the storm making its way up along the east coast president obama and mitt romney are cancelling scheduled events in key swing states including new hampshire and virginia. president obama also cancelling plans to visit ohio and is instead focusing on the storm. he says he's working with the governors and the states at risk the greatest risk of hurricane sandy. he is vowing to eliminate red tape for assistance there. >> my message to the governors as well as the mayors is anything they need we will be there. we are going to cut through red tape. they a we are not going to bog down with a lot of rules. >> the president will hold a rally in orlando before heading back to the white house. mitt romney's campaign has stopped sending fundraising e-mails in several states in sandy's path including new jersey, north carolina virginia, washington, d.c. a whole lot of areas affected by this storm. romney is urging supporters to keep millions at risk in their prayers.
john roberts live in kettering, ohio. >> both governor romney, congressman ryan, president obama and the vice president off the road. this was supposed to be a campaign event. they turned it into a relief effort. people were asked as the private admission bring some canned goods, dry goods, water, something like that. a lot of people got that message and showed up. they are collecting quite a few supplies. a lot of people didn't get that message, though, and really came here kind of empty handed. maybe they were still expecting some kind of a campaign event. no formal remarks though governor romney did stand up in front of the crowd, thanked them very much for coming down and said this is a time for the nation to come together to help those in harm's way. here is what the governor said. >> some went to the grocery store i see and purchased some thins that these families will need, and i appreciate your generosity. it's part of the american spirit, the american way. we won't be able to solve all the problems with our effort this morning, though a lot of people will still be lookin
days for both governor romney and president as well. the president staying off the campaign trail today, staying at the white house. he has done a few teleconferences. we're hearing briefing happening here because of the storm. mitt romney staying in ohio. he set up in some of his centers. we heard from the republican national committee yesterday, they're turning some of their campaign centers to collect canned goods and donations as you heard the governor talk about today. we'll keep an eye on all that is happening in the campaign trail. it has become a little bit of a second thought, jon, to what is going on here. here we are, a week away from the election. jon: we have such massive work ahead in this country, it seems, you know, make as political campaign seem a little bit pet te -- petty. jon: the streets are flooded in maryland, filled with debris in many places. a superstorm blitzing the area overnight with wind gusts over 65 miles an hour. ocean city experiencing destruction shn the historic pier on the boardwalk. some say conditions are worst they have ever seen. we have the dir
carolina really is going to go romney. i don't think it will be affected but the only real state is virginia. that one will be affected by the lack of presidential visits during this three-day or four- day period. >> with both candidates having to throw out the fourth quarter game book and faulkous the storm, such a tight race, can they afford to do that? >> they have to make adaptations. the president will try to look presidential, act presidential, show that he cares. the romney campaign has said they will send their volunteers out to help with relief efforts. they've suspended fundraising e- mails so everybody wants to get in the spirit of helping every american during this mini crisis. >> you hate to politicize something like this but does any candidate have the up are hand in this type after situation? >> i really don't think so. the only thing i read that kind of means something, if this had been closer to election day, al gore supposedly would have won florida if the weather was better. that is democrats seem to not turn out in as great numbers as republicans on election d
the storm. and both mitt romney and president obama had already canceled campaign stops in virginia, as well. for the first time in 40 years, the des moines register has endorsed a republican for president. the newspaper's editorial board admitting it struggled with its decision, ultimately deciding on mitt romney because he, quote, offers a fresh economic vision. the registered board goes on to say, voters should give mitt romney a chance to correct the nation's fiscal course, and to implode the partisan gridlock that has shackled washington and the rest of america. >>> and early voting is under way in a lot of states, but in maryland it has been canceled, for today at least, due to the hurricane. virginia's governor said his state will do what it can to make sure that voters can get to the polls, despite sandy's impact. which may include power outages. >>> and it is a great day to be a giants fan. san francisco beat the detroit tigers last night to complete a four-game world series sweep. it's their second title in three years. pablo sand val was the series mvp. the city will honor the cha
stumped there, republican challenger mitt romney was trying to nail down support in florida. going into the last full week of the presidential campaign, both candidates are reaching out to undecided voters. >> i'm asking you to compare my plan with governor romney's. i want you to know what we are proposing, each of us. >> four years ago, then candidate barack obama spoke about big things. but now he's reduced to talking about small things. he is shrinking from the magnitude of the times. >> while early voting is underway in several states, the threat of hurricane sandy is throwing both campaigns into disarray. governor romney and paul ryan were forced to cancel events in virginia and turn their attention to ohio, the state that's looking more and more like a clincher. lady liberty is celebrating a birthday today, her 126th. >> and officials hope sandy will not crash her reopening party, after being closed for renovations since 2011. ♪ ♪ we were skipping stones ♪ and letting go ♪ over the river and down the road ♪ [ female announcer ] at nature valley, we know nature come
romney when he got the bad news on the phone. there you can see him getting it right there. both romney and president obama spoke with rubio and, of course, expressed their concern and support for his daughter and his family. >> brian: all right. is this terrorism 101? new york university president requiring her students to plot a terrorist attack for a homework assignment. the professor asked her students to write up 15 pages describing how they would attack the city and what the aftermath would be like, for example, how much it would cost us. former naval criminal investigator says it prepares students for a career in intelligence. but some police officers are calling it an insult to those who died in 9-11. remember, khalid sheikh mohammed was on campus learning about america and plotting against america and so was al-awlaki. >> gretchen: ban on halloween, a number of schools and towns are putting a stop to halloween plans. over the past years, a dozen schools are doing away with costume, parties, other celebrations. you might be asking what would the reason be? some say it's because
monitoring the hurricane after clearing his calendar. >> mitt romney also canceled his events today. 30 canceled so far. both campaigns are using social media to urge supporters to contribute to relief efforts. and romney staffers are collecting supplies at campaign offices. >> there was some brief chat on twitter -- should they delay the presidential election because of the storm? highly unlikely to happen. an interesting conversation how it impacted both campaigns. coming up next, big headaches in the big apple. >> new york city practically cut off from the outside world for the first time since 9/11 attack -- attacks. we'll talk to a city official about what's ahead when we come back. you are watching "world news now." about what's ahead when we come back. you are watching "world news now." septic disasters are disgusting and costly, but avoidable. the rid-x septic subscriber program helps prevent backups by sending you monthly doses right to your door so you will never forget to maintain your system. sign up at rid-x.com. try these. new cepacol sensations cools instantly, and has an
, both mitt romney and president obama are canceling appearances and otherwise trying to steer clear of the storm's path. a magnitude 7.7 earthquake rattled the western coast of canada early this morning. there are no reports of casualties or major damage. a tsunami warning that was in effect for hawaii has now been downgraded ending the threat of serious damage. in the world series last night the cold weather in detroit had little effect on the red hot san francisco giants. as they shut out the tigers 2-0. the giants now have a commanding three games to none lead and can take the best of seven series with a win tonight. today is mother-in-law day and the new study finds that 50% of americans who have mothers-in-law report that they have a good or great relationship with her. how about the 50%? now for the rest of the country's forecast. it will be cooler across the plains and down into texas. some heavy unnamed storms are likely out west. the week ahead looks mostly dryer once sandy has come and gone. next, confronting our superstitions. and later, actor christopher walken. >> my so
are simply a reflection of that. >> let's talk about the impact of hurricane sandy. this storm has both campaigns shuffling their schedules, president obama, mitt romney. a key battleground state. a state you can bet each one of them wanted to get to. if you look at the new poll coming from your paper. mitt romney trailing the president in that state by four points as opposed to eight. the way it was recently. what do you think the storm has impact as far as key states like this? >> again, normally i would say not much. a race this tight, tightening some. any stop that president or mitt romney makes in a local area gets a lot of coverage. draws a lot of people. can be an organizing tool. having to cancel those stops can make an impact on however many were planning to attend. the buzz, they are here, sending competing messages, in terms of earned media as they call it. it's certainly going to make a difference for them. what is being talked about in virginia is largely the storm and not the campaign speeches. it could make a difference. no way to predict which way that cuts. for romney w
. >>> both presidential campaigns are cancelling events to make sure that emergency responders can deal with sandy. mitt romney cancelled all of his sunday campaign stops in virginia. he's going to ohio instead. president obama hasn't scratched any events yet, but air force one is changing its flight schedule, and vice president biden cancelled a sunday stop in virginia beach. >>> still ahead tonight, a silent salute for a police officer killed in prince georges county. >>> plus, we're continuing to update sandy. >> reporter: as the threat of sandy becomes more real for residents in rehoboth beach, citizens prepare for the worst. i'm erikaerica gonzalez, more c up. >>> search nbc washington weather in itunes or the android market. anncr: seven-hundred-thousand jobs. that's what the plan george allen supports... would cost our economy. newspapers called it "economically destructive." like allen's votes to give tax breaks to companies... that ship jobs overseas, his economic plan would... help big corporations, devastating the middle class. allen even voted against tax breaks for small bu
the stage in circleville any time now. we will go live to both those events coming up. first though, some breaking news from florida. the romney campaign announcing just moments ago that they are rescheduling all of mitt romney's virginia events for tomorrow. the gop nominee will instead travel to ohio. all this because of the impending impact of hurricane sandy. we of course are tracking sandy. progress up the east coast. nbc's meteorologist dylan drier in the msnbc studios in new york. ton trung in delaware. we just got the latest advisory from the hurricane center. what can you tell us. >> nothing has changed. this still indicates the storm is a category 1 hurricane and very far out to sea, but still just as huge as it has been. that's why we are still dealing with some potential for stronger wind gusts and decent rain along the coast of south carolina and north carolina. north eastern north carolina and south eastern south carolina will be almost a pivot point for this storm to rotate on. that's going to produce heavy torrential rain in that area. it is moving northeast right now. sti
right ahead, sandy has both president obama and governor romney standing down on the politics with the presidential race exactly one week away. they have canceled their public events today and friday's all-important jobs report might be delayed. we'll talk about the storm's impact on the race and the economy with chuck todd and cnbc's jim cramer just ahead. >> a quick note for you. we're sad to say that due to sandy we will not be having our halloween celebration on the plaza tomorrow, so if you were planning to join us out here in costume, we want you to stay home, stay safe. we will get that done at some other point. things are more important. >> they are indeed. you'll have to put the ponte hose away for another year. get the latest on the storm, the record flooding we've seen in lower manhattan. let's get to natalie morales in battery park city in the southern tip of mat hannan. natalie, good morning to you again. >> reporter: good morning to you, savannah, once again. we're fully now beginning to realize the devastation of sandy. as you have mentioned in the reporting, at
back to the 2008 cycle, both senator obama at the time and gov. romney, spending time with the editorial board. we have talked to the candidates. we have really explore the issues. is our endorsement matter? i think it does. it has been a century at least since we have endorsed a presidential candidate. it is part of our tradition. politics is indeed dna of the des moines register. we take very seriously the first in the nation status as a caucus state. we take seriously the ability to affect candidates that are not on the radar screen until after they emerge from iowa. -very informal opportunity to st down over coffee to talk about what is in front of us. what is the position for that. i do think our endorsement matters. we probably spent a lot of time doing diligence and being thoughtful in all of our conversations, particularly the final one to support governor mitt romney. host: we are talking with the editor of the des moines register. the me ask you about the process. you had a telephone conversation that ran 30 minutes with the president. the white house said it
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